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Six Ways to Become a Wise Leader

Publication date: 
04/2013

Our leadership perspective is based on the sum total of the knowledge, experiences, and choices we made before. It defines us, shaping our thoughts, decisions, and actions. It represents the way we see ourselves and situations, how we judge the relative importance of things, and how we establish a meaningful relationship with others and everything around us.

To move from a smart leader perspective to a wise leader perspective, start by seeing the world differently.

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The Practice of Work Mind & Vacation Mind, Simultaneously

Publication date: 
04/2013

Work mind is often full of anxiety: anxiety for what we need to do, for deadlines, for irritating or angry co-workers/bosses, for all the information coming in, for whether we’re doing the right thing right now, for whether we’re missing out on something important. Vacation mind lets that anxiety go, and is just present in the current moment. Time is less important, enjoying yourself is the priority.

What if we could have the vacation mind while working? It’s a few small mindset habits, which can be practiced and learned over time.

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The Happy Secret to Better Work

Publication date: 
05/2011

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work.

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Employee Empowerment: The Key to Foundation Staff Satisfaction

Within the nonprofit sector, foundation jobs are frequently looked upon with envy. Foundation staff are seen to control substantial resources, have opportunities to hobnob with leaders in their fields and communities, and enjoy great influence. Perhaps because of this—because foundation jobs are seen as so plum—there has been little effort to understand the experiences of foundation staff.

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2012 Global Workforce Study: Engagement at Risk: Driving Strong Performance in a Volatile Global Environment

The 2012 Global Workforce Study provides a comprehensive snapshot of the attitudes and concerns of workers around the world. It’s designed to shed light on how employees’ views affect their engagement in their work and commitment to their employers, and ultimately, their behavior and performance on the job. As such, it gives organizations and their leadership teams important insights into the elements of the work environment that help shape employee behavior and performance in positive ways. And it presents a new and more robust definition of engagement — sustainable engagement — designed for the 21st-century workplace.

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